Monday, November 28, 2011


  • Question:-osteopathy?
    Well right now (15-sophmore year) I'm wondering what I want to be and I had my eyes on being a Chiropracter. Then I saw something called osteopathy and reasearched into that.

    I realize that they are really similar to Chiropractics and basically they just work on more body parts....

    My question is what exactly is the what do they do that chiropractics don't.

    P.S. Like I did some research and I know some of the basic differences (not too much in debt though...) so I want to know more information on it.

    Thank you!

    Answer:-Osteopathy...was originally a drug free way to heal...Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy..several years ago the US Osteopathic community became almost absorbed into medicine. Now few DOs in the US use OMT. The profession has the same specialties as MDs....surgeon, family practice, etc. DOs write prescriptions, do surgery. etc., same as MD.

    Chiropractors do not write prescriptions. In some states do only minor in office surgery (skin lesions). They treat the neuromusculoskeletal system with Chiropractic Manipulative Treatment....primarily the spine...but can work well with any joint. Some use physical therapy modalities in addition to the manipulation. Most have relationship with MD/DO community and refer to appropriate speciality when needed.

    Training time about the same.
    DOs are "mainstreamed" as a part of medicine
    DCs are not because they do not prescribe drugs. The ones I know do not want to Rx medications. That is why they chose to be DC.
  • Question:-Can a doctor of osteopathy specialize, such as psychiatry? Also do DO schools require MCAT scores?
    Can a doctor of osteopathy specialize, I am planning on becoming a psychiatrist, but I have been looking into DO schools as well. Also do DO schools require MCAT scores?

    Answer:-Yes, DO's specialize and Yes, they ask for MCAT's
  • Question:-What university offers equine osteopathy courses in the US?
    I am looking to complete an equine osteopathy course and would like all the info i can get

  • Question:-What college or university can i get a doctor of medicine or osteopathy?
    What college or university can i get a doctor of medicine or osteopathy?
    plz help idk what ones i should apply to i want to know all my choices

    Answer:-You need to earn a bachelor's degree before you can enroll at a medical or osteopathic school. Be sure to take the pre-med classes which are listed on medical school websites. These classes are offered at virtually every general four-year college and university in the USA (not art schools, for example).
  • Question:-Failing a class and becoming a doctor of osteopathy, is it possible?
    So I'm so confused. I want to become a Doctor of Osteopathy and specialize in pediatric oncology. From what I've heard when you go for your DO they accept a retake grade and that replaces the bad grade you recieved for that class (whereas if you go for your MD they average the two grades together, A + F = C). Is this true, or am I just hearing rumors?

    Answer:-Find out the school's actual policy on retakes, don't rely on hearsay.
  • Question:-Do Doctors of Osteopathy need a licensure and/or certification?
    In my health class we are doing a project on certain careers. One question is if Doctors of Osteopathy need a licensure and/or a certification. Do they?? Please help! I can't find half the answers to these questions!

    Answer:-1] Doctors of Osteopathy AND Docotors of medicine need:
    4 year bachelor's degree, and
    4 years of med school, and
    3 or more years of residency
    2] Doctors of Osteopathy need a license to practice, just like Doctors of Medicine.
  • Question:-What should I expect from an Dr. of Osteopathy?
    I called a new rheumatology practice for an appointment, and the doctor they assigned me to is a DO (Doctor of Osteopathy). What should I expect?

    Answer:-You need to realize that when asking this question on an "alternative medicine" board, you will get very biased responses. In truth, you probably won't notice the difference between a DO and an MD. A DO is still able to prescribe medicine and most of them use conventional medicine in 90% of their practice. And the person who claimed that DO's don't "throw pills at patients" like MD's do, is just plain ignorant on many levels. Some DO's prescribe drugs like its going out of style, and most MD's and DO's are actually very similar in their prescribing habits. DO's are more likely to occasionally include things like spinal manipulation (aka, chiropractic), but they don't believe that it will cure the disease by itself. They do it to complement the primary treatment. And yes, DO's often take the exact same classes as MD's, but there are some differences in their training and coursework. DO programs are not as competitive to get in as MD programs, so that might play a slight role on the intelligence of the overall population of DO's versus MD's, but I wouldn't extrapolate that down to make an individual judgement of your practitioner. There is a wider range in the quality of care with DO's than MD's, but some DO's are truly fantastic and some DO's are pretty poor. If you are really worried about it, just ask the DO what he specifically might do differently than an MD. Most likely, your treatment will be the same.
  • Question:-What is the difference between chiropractic and osteopathy?
    Which is better to see; a chiropractor or an osteopath? I am having problems with either my muscles or my nerves in my back (not sure, different doctors have said different things.) and I am getting a lot of sharp pains to my neck and a lot of head aches under pressure and stress. I was on bed rest for 3 days as I couldn't lift my head or turn my neck.

    Answer:-It really depends on your goals and philosophy of health. Chiropractors believe the power that created the body, heals the body. They view your body as a whole, and think of you as a self healing organism. They adjust the spine to free up the nervous systems of subluxations (fixation in your spine that may or may not be causing you the pains, but when present they interfere with your nervous system making you less healthy). With a freely moving spine, your nervous system will function optimally and heal itself. Neck pain, head aches, and pain are just symptoms, chiropractors treat the cause which is subluxation derived from fixations in the spine from trauma, stress, poor posture, and exposure to toxins.

    To clear up the misconception of education, Chiropractors spend 3-4 years in Chiropractic college, and have a very similar curriculum as Medical Doctors. Just replace the surgery and pharmaceutical classes with adjusting technique and nutrition classes. In British Medical Journal May 2003, "Who pays for the pizza?", it is said that 60% of the medical research and 2/3rds of the medical institutions have economic ties to the pharmaceutical companies" So although it may be longer, future doctors are being taught what Big Pharma wants, not what is always best for you.

    Only 10-15 % of osteopaths practice manipulations, which means close to 80% will just write you a prescription for pain meds. If you want to treat the symptoms and do not care about correcting the cause of your pain, then this may be a good solution for you.

    We are not genetically programmed to be sick, we are built to be well and thrive. There are no drugs that will make you healthier. Chiropractors study wellness, MD's and DO's study pathologies. If you wanted to get rich, would you study a rich person or a poor person? If you wanted to be happy, would you study a depressed person or a motivated upbeat person?

    I hope this answers your questions and raises a few more for you to consider, feel free to e-mail with any others
  • Question:-What is the difference between a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Osteopathy?
    I am looking for a family doctor right now, and would like to know the difference between the two. What is the best of the two?

    Answer:-Opinions will differ, but, an osteopath is actually MORE trained than an M.D. Osteo does mean bone, but, an osteopath can do manipulations like a chiropractor and operate, and they take the whole person into consideration. If you go there for a cold, they will take the rest of your life into consideration before treating, and they care about ALL of you, whereas an M.D. will just take care of your "specific" complaint at the moment. Both are VERY good, but in my opinion an osteopath is better. I see one. Can you tell?
  • Question:-What is a doctor of osteopathy?
    I just started using a doctor of osteopathy. How are they different from a regular MD? Are they more knowledgable than regular MD's?

    Answer:-Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine, or D.O.s, apply the philosophy of treating the whole person (holistic approach) to the prevention (medical), diagnosis and treatment of illness, disease and injury using conventional medical practice such as drugs and surgery, along with manual therapy (OMM).

    Thus, like Doctors of Medicine (M.D.s), Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.s) educated in the United States are fully licensed physicians and surgeons who practice the full scope of medicine. In most other parts of the world, D.O.s are not medically trained practitioners.

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